For several years, fans of the Star Wars animated series like The Clone Wars and Rebels have been pretty mad at Disney. This is because their Star Wars Sequel Trilogy sort of ignored the animated shows. But it all changed after The Mandalorian was released on Disney+.
After all, The Mandalorian is that show brought Bo-Katan Kryze and Ahsoka Tano into live-action. Now, the one person who should definitely be thanked for this development is Dave Filoni. He worked with George Lucas himself on Star Wars The Clone Wars and developed Star Wars Rebels.
This transition has made it apparent that MCU’s interconnected storytelling style has found takers in the galaxy far far away. Know that this has become even more clear due to the various spin-offs that are being created of The Mandalorian.
So at the very least, an attempt is being made to incorporate a more connected storytelling method. Also, we must say that one of the best and recent examples of the company’s attempt at a connective universe is being done by The Bad Batch.
This storytelling attempt occurred in the season 1 finale of The Bad Batch and that too in the finale scene. Let us decode that.
In Star Wars: The Bad Batch animated series we saw the rogue Clone Force 99 experience Order 66 and the early days of the Empire with its newest member, Omega in tow.
The entire cast is full of clones, and so the series completely leaned into the unique view of the changing galaxy, fallen Republic, as well as the gradually growing needlessness of the clones from the perspective of the Empire.
The Part 1 of the season 1 finale was titled “Return to Kamino.” There the Empire destroyed Kamino’s Tipoca City as well as its cloning facilities. Part 2 was called “Kamino Lost,” and it confirmed fully that cloning, as well as its importance to the blossoming Empire, had only started.
Not only this, but it also affirmed that the connections to other live-action properties had only started. In the final scene of the finale we saw Nala Se, the chief Kamino scientist who was responsible for Omega and Clone Force 99 arrive on an Imperial base created on Dario with a symbol that Star Wars fans are familiar with.
The gray two-character hexagonal symbol is pretty much similar to the one that’s worn by a clone engineer called Doctor Pershing from The Mandalorian. In The Mandalorian, we saw Doctor Pershing extract Grogu’s blood and determine that it has a high midi-chlorian count.
Now, the Empire’s plan with Baby Yoda would benefit the Kamino-esque cloning trials and experiments on Navarro in season 2 of the show. When The Mandalorian was airing, fans had noted that his symbol was very similar to the one that clones had during training in the Attack of the Clones.
The symbol’s connection to cloning isn’t anything new, but Nala Se’s involvement really is. She is working with the scientists who are wearing the very same symbol as Doctor Pershing.
So this indicates that her expertise will surely contribute to what the Empire and Pershing will be doing with Grogu. In fact, the Empire’s ultimate plans for Baby Yoda might be found in what Nala Se was working on in the secret lab that made Omega.
Also, remember that this was the same lab that made the Clone Force 99, Omega, and possibly Boba Fett. So, it’s possible that her contributions have laid the groundwork for the cloning of the Emperor and Supreme leader Snoke in the Sequel Trilogy.
Obviously, there’s still a lot we don’t know about Grogu, Omega, and the Clone Force 99. So it won’t be wise to jump to conclusions this soon.
But The Bad Batch isn’t any longer connected to just The Clone Wars, but also to The Mandalorian and also possibly to the movies. However, the question right now is whether Dave Filoni will continue exploring this clone connection.
After all, the ball right now is in his court. But more importantly, if he chooses the establish the connection, just how deep will that connection go? This will only be revealed later.
But for now, you can check out the season 1 of The Bad Batch that’s streaming on Disney+.